Glasgow & West Scotland

Abbas Nikabady jailed for brutal murder of Fatemeh Bostani

A man has been jailed for life for brutally murdering his wife in a frenzied knife attack in Glasgow.

Abbas Nikabady, 44, stabbed 43-year-old Fatemeh Bostani 29 times at their home in Cardonald on 3 June last year.

The High Court in Glasgow heard how controlling Nikabady used such force that two knives were left broken in the body of his wife of 22 years.

He was told to serve a minimum of 18 years in prison before he can apply for parole.

The court heard that Nikabady and his wife, who had two sons together, were originally from Iran, but had settled in Scotland.

Police confession

The jury was told that he was extremely jealous of his wife and would monitor her movements.

The attack took place in the kitchen of the family home after they had returned from being out shopping.

Afterwards Nikabady walked to a nearby police station and said: "I've killed my wife."

During his trial, defence QC Donald Finlay claimed that his client was suffering from a mental disorder. But the jury rejected this and convicted him of murder.

Jailing him, temporary judge Norman Ritchie QC said: "The ferocity of your attack was shocking. Two knives were broken on her body and it was thought you also wielded another larger one.

"It was a terrifying end to her life to be attack in her own home by the man whom she loved, honoured and obeyed.

"Your thoughts about your wife seem to be the product only of your fears and anxiety. You had a morbid obsession with monitoring her every move, despite her devotion to you.

"You restricted and prevented contact with her family and those who wished to be her friends. You made the last years of her life unhappy.

"You took her life and have left your two sons without a mother. You exhibit little if any remorse and have continued to blame your wife."

Following the sentence, John Dunn, procurator fiscal for the west of Scotland, said: "This was a sad crime of a husband murdering his wife but Nikabady was conscious of his guilt and tried unsuccessfully to conceal his crime by disposing of the murder weapon.

"Due to the work of Police Scotland and the prosecution service he did not escape justice."

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